About Seoul, South Korea’s Hub
Seoul is South Korea’s own city that never sleeps. The lively nightlife pulses from dusk to dawn in the night markets like Namdaemun, the party districts like Hongdae, and more. The Namdaemun market is the largest in Korea and features hundreds of vendors, street performances, food, fashion shows, and the chance to buy local goods.
Traditional Style vs. Modern Amenities
Among the neon lights and tall buildings, Korean traditions still reign in the form of teahouses, shops, winding alleys, and wooden homes built in the traditional style, called “hanok.” Juxtaposing this are modern shopping centers featuring luxury goods, stylish boutiques, and designer brands.
Parks and Green Spaces
For a modern park experience, go to Seoullo 7017, which was once an overpass but has been transformed into a park. Kids can play at the trampoline park, and everyone will enjoy regular events held here, like art exhibitions and concerts. Another popular park is Olympic Park, the site of the 1988 Olympic Games. It has walking paths, sculptures, and even the ruins of a fortress from the 3rd century.
For a modern theme park experience, try Lotte World, which has everything from amusement park rides, ice skating, a museum, shopping, and movie theaters.
History and Architecture
Of course, you can’t talk about Seoul without also mentioning its numerous World Heritage sites. Just one of these includes the grand, lush palace of Changdeokgung, which was built in 1405 and was the primary royal residence from the late 1500s to 1872. Another site of note is a Confucian shrine, Jongmyo, which was built in 1395.
You can also get your fill of history at the War Memorial of Korea or the National Museum of Korea. The latter is an impressive, sleek modern building that houses all kinds of ancient relics, treasures, and artifacts.
Finally, climb atop N Seoul Tower on Namsan mountain to see sprawling views of the city from the edge of an observation deck. You can even take a cable car to the top if walking isn’t in the cards.